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Kuʻu Lei Hoku (My Wreath of Stars) - Traditional


Listen to Kuʻu Lei Hōkū on YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjIH6XMhbpc

Aia Honolulu kuʻu lei hoku lā
E kau mai lā i Kaimana Hila

Ua ʻike ʻIhiʻihilauākea lā
I ka puka ʻana aʻe o Hōkūloa

Kau pono aʻe la i Waikahalulu lā
I ke kikowaena helu ʻekahi

Hoʻokahi na pua lawa kuʻu lei
Hiaʻai ʻia nei e nā manu

Kuʻu lei hulu mamo hulu melemele
Ka lei hoku aʻo Hawaiʻi nei

Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana
Aia i Honolulu kuʻu lei hoku

There at Honolulu is my lei of stars
Appearing upon Diamond Head

At ʻIhiʻihilauākea we saw
The Morning Star rising

It was good to be at Waikahalulu
The neighborhood center is number one

One flower is sufficient for my lei
The delight of the birds

My yellow mamo feather lei is esteemed
The lei of stars of Hawaiʻi nei

Tell the refrain
There at Honolulu is my lei of stars

Source: ʻIhiʻihilauākea is the western side Hanauma Bay going towards Waimanalo. Hōkūloa is the Morning Star or Venus. Waikahalulu is the name of the stream and waterfall by Kuakini and School streets that was the neighborhood swimming hole. The birds in the 4th verse are admiring people and the lei of mamo feathers in the 5th verse, means a special person or loved one